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Sustainability Activities

These activities have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines. The activities use a wide array of pedagogic approaches to address various aspects of sustainability, science and societal issues.


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Sustainability Buffet -- What's in a Definition?
Laura Webb, University of Vermont and State Agricultural College
This is an introductory activity to generate student discussion and provoke thought on the definition of sustainability.

Seminar on Sustainability in Europe: What are the Limits of Possibility?
Mary Ann Cunningham, Vassar College
This field trip presents a model of an experiential exploration of sustainability systems and the limits of possible transfer of ideas from Europe to the US. In addition to experiential learning, our aim was to have in-depth, ongoing conversations in which to examine our assumptions and observations.

Game Assignment for Environmental Economics
Nelson Altamirano, National University
Game Assigment for Environmental Economics and Sustainability

Science, Complexity and Sustainability in the University of the Future
John Motloch, Ball State University
Series of seminars that build knowledge needed; and application of that knowledge to conceptualize a Regional University of the Future that could educate people to be societal leaders that help communities address the profound environmental, social and economic challenges of the present and future including: how to co-adapt with systems to produce an ecologically, socially and economically healthier world; how to live within nature's laws and limits; and how to help communities live within the dynamics of a place and culture to produce sustainable communities.

Back of the Envelope Calculations: Renewable Energy
Laura Rademacher, University of the Pacific
This is an example of a back of the envelope calculation of the payback period for a renewable energy installation.

Sustainability project
Pablo Toral, Beloit College
The students develop, implement and assess a project that will make our campus more sustainable.

Earth Resources in the Classroom
Maureen Muldoon, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
This is a brief, in-class exercise designed to get introductory students in a large-lecture class to appreciate that many of the things in their life are made from earth resources. I have the students break into small groups and then list five items in the classroom that contain earth resources and five things that do not contain earth resources.

Environmentally Sustainable Mining
Stephen Kissin, Lakehead University
A field trip that illustrates a contrast between environmentally sustainable mining activity and a case of a lack of environmental planning in mining operation and closure.

'Reporting' on the World Water Forum to understand media coverage and gaps
Abigail Schade, Davidson College
'Reporting' in-class on the tri-ennial World Water Forum.

Pollution or fishing industry research project
Katryn Wiese, City College of San Francisco
Pick a particular type of pollution or fishing/commercial industry in the ocean. Describe its story â how humans are impacting global oceanic systems and how the ocean is responding.




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